Everybody must be wondering why Asian countries did so much better than Western countries in managing the COVID crisis. Is the explanation rooted in politics or culture or race or bad luck or something else altogether? This is what we’re going to find out.

Let’s look at number of deaths per million population for various nations as of December 3, 2020 (Source: worldometer)…

Major Asian Economies:

  • for Taiwan, population 24 million, this number is 0.3. Taiwan has 7 deaths
  • for Vietnam, population 98 million, this number is 0.4. Vietnam has 35 deaths
  • for China, population 1,439 million, this number is 3. …

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I recently purchased a 2021 Genesis G70, Elite trim in Uyuni White (which is a sort of metallic pearl white) with Caramel Brown Leather. It’s a very nice pairing!

The vehicle comes with a 2.0-litre, turbocharged, inline-four engine pumping out 252 hp @ 6200 rpm and 260 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm. It has AWD and 8-speed automatic transmission. This car is very quick and powerful!

The choice of the G70 was made against the only other option: BMW 330i. My decision was based on two key factors:

  1. Value
  2. Reliability and Cost of Maintenance

While most people would’ve had a third factor, brand recognition, this was not key in my mind. Why? Because BMW is too ubiquitous. I see it everywhere on the road. There are so many Bimmers that I’ve become numb to their existence. …

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The following data is from worldometer on October 23, 2020. Non-USA death tolls are scaled to USA population.

USA — 331.6 million population with 8,746,953 cases and 229,284 deaths

China — 1,439 million population with 85,747 cases and 4,634 deaths: 1,068 deaths

Japan — 126.4 million population with 95,138 cases and 1,694 deaths: 4,444 deaths

Vietnam — 97.6 million population with 1,148 cases and 35 deaths: 119 deaths

Germany — 83.9 million population with 417,350 cases and 10,090 deaths: 39,879 deaths

South Korea — 51.3 million population with 25,775 cases and 457 deaths: 2,954 deaths

Australia — 25.6 million population with 27,495 cases and 905 deaths: 11,723…

Please give generously: Smalltalk Programming Competitions.

Here’s the trailer for JRMPC 2021:

Things have escalated, but they needn’t have…

Everybody in the world knows that this whole thing was purely politically motivated. The legal case in the United States was a charade, a sham.

From the outset, the resolution was obvious: Justin Trudeau should’ve

  1. publicly conceded that the Meng Wanzhou situation was purely politically motivated, that the “rule of law” was a load of horse puckey
  2. negotiate with the Chinese to release the two Michaels in exchange for Meng Wanzhou, the sort of thing that used to be done in the Cold War with respect to the exchange of captured spies
  3. exercise his executive power to circumvent the judicial process and the extradition treaty (every national leader has this kind of executive power to be applied at their discretion; otherwise, they couldn’t function to manage national…

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JRMPC, or The James Robertson Memorial Programming Competition, is a national contest open to Canadian high school students. It was completed on March 6, 2020 and the awards ceremony was scheduled for April 18.

Here is the awards ceremony video for JRMPC 2020:

I hope you enjoyed it. This video represents the culmination of eighteen months of hard work on the competition. It also nicely caps off a five-year advocacy campaign for the Smalltalk programming language.

Here are close-ups of the trophy awards…

First Prize:

To: gps@cnn.com
Date: May 3, 2020
Subject: Your Interview with Peter Navarro

Hello, Fareed.

I love your show. (In particular, I love “Fareed’s Take.”)

I have to make some comments about what Dr. Anthony Fauci said in January and about what Peter Navarro said in your interview.

Dr. Fauci said the risk was very low given the science that was available at the time. However, this isn’t really true and it’s rather misleading.

Factually, we already knew everything we needed to know by the end of January to begin mitigation measures.

On January 12, China shared the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus. …

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In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, everybody has been trying to blame China for the severity of the pandemic. They blame China for a lack of transparency, for covering up details about the virus, for her tardiness in reporting the disease to the WHO. The claim is that had China been more forthcoming, the global death toll due to COVID-19 would’ve been much lower, by as much as 95%, according to some estimates. …

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From this Quora answer

Your question is based on a false premise. Most programmers and engineers do not detest Python.

However, there’s no question that many do, based on the many answers I’ve seen on Quora, as well as comments made elsewhere on the web.

There are several reasons for this. First of all, Python’s syntax is very polarizing. A great many developers don’t like using indentation as syntax. It removes freedom to format your code as you like. And it invites code alignment errors.

Second, Python’s OOP implementation is very crude. It hides instance variables and methods “in plain sight” by using underscore-prefixed names. …

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